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Old 03-03-2008, 11:51 AM   #1
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Is there really a difference between gold connectors and silver ones
on HDMI Cables?

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Old 03-03-2008, 01:16 PM   #2
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gold is more resistent to corrosion, therefore used often for connectors. Silver is more conductive, but will tarnish if not maintained. Gold would be my preference, by far.
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From a practical standpoint, there is no difference.
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What about for other cables? I just had DirecTv come and set me up with an HD DVR and the installer commented on my Gold plated RG6 cables saying they were the worst. Perhaps because of they are less conductive??? He replaced my cables with his cables that were silver.

Would that impact the quality of the HD signal?

He also commented and replaced the F-type connectors in my wall plate. He said they had white insulators and are only rated for 1Ghz. The ones he used have a blue/green insulator. He said they were rated to 3Ghz. He mentioned that it would degrade the signal and I would lose some content without them.

Note, none of this involved a charge. He did this all for free as a part of the installation, so this wasn't just BS to get me to buy stuff I didn't need. I have been trying to research, and while I haven't found any proof to his statements, I haven't found anything to dispell them either. And I do see that there are RG6 connectors, splitters, etc, that are rated for 3Ghz and have a blue/green insulator.

Does anyone know if there is any truth to any of this? Are gold plated cables bad for DirecTv HD signals? Are the white insulator RG6 connectors insufficient for DirecTv HD signal?

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What about for other cables? I just had DirecTv come and set me up with an HD DVR and the installer commented on my Gold plated RG6 cables saying they were the worst. Perhaps because of they are less conductive??? He replaced my cables with his cables that were silver.

Would that impact the quality of the HD signal?
No. It will have no effect at all. The differences are purely academic.

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He also commented and replaced the F-type connectors in my wall plate. He said they had white insulators and are only rated for 1Ghz. The ones he used have a blue/green insulator. He said they were rated to 3Ghz. He mentioned that it would degrade the signal and I would lose some content without them.
With DirecTv, that's a bunch of balderdash. DirecTv, like almost all providers sends all in-home content at less than 1gHz and there is no need for the higher frequency "rated" cables.
Dish (to my knowledge) is the sole exception: they send in-home at frequencies up to 2.35 gHz and require the use of 3.0 or 3.5 gHz "rated" cables for obvious reasons.

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Note, none of this involved a charge. He did this all for free as a part of the installation, so this wasn't just BS to get me to buy stuff I didn't need. I have been trying to research, and while I haven't found any proof to his statements, I haven't found anything to dispell them either. And I do see that there are RG6 connectors, splitters, etc, that are rated for 3Ghz and have a blue/green insulator.
Hard to say why he said what he said and did what he did.
Perhaps there is a reason, but the reasons that he gave you were incorrect and misleading.

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Are gold plated cables bad for DirecTv HD signals? Are the white insulator RG6 connectors insufficient for DirecTv HD signal?
I can imagine no practical reason why gold plated cables would be "bad" for any application, including DirecTv.
I can imagine no practical reason why the white insulator RG6 connectors would not be sufficient for DirecTv HD content.
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